When the box from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh landed on my doorstep, I eagerly cut open the tape and pulled out the entire Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series and marveled at them. The five book set of hardcovers was tied up with ribbon, looking for all the world like a gift from a friend.
My middle son, Connor, immediately claimed them and has read the first two in the series. He explained to me that these books are about a middle school substitute history teacher named Rush Revere. He and his time traveling, talking horse, Liberty, travel back in time to witness major events in American history.
The first book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, begins the adventure with the Mayflower and the daring men and women who braved the Atlantic to get to the New World. We meet Rush Revere and Liberty and discover how they are able to travel back in history. Famous figures during that time make appearances and the first Thanksgiving is celebrated.
The story continues in Rush Revere and the First Patriots. We get in on the events leading up to the American Revolution and once again meet up with people we’ve read about in our history textbooks like Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and even King George III.
The third book is Rush Revere and the American Revolution. This action-packed story carries us through the war and to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Spies and danger at every turn won’t keep Revere and Liberty away!
Mr. Revere returns in the fourth book, Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner, where we join him in watching the debates over the Constitution and the final battle to secure our independence. James and Dolly Madison, Betsy Ross, and Francis Scott Key all make an appearance in this one.
The fifth and final book (so far!) is Rush Revere and the Presidency. Here, the focus is on the early days of our new country and the struggles that the first three presidents faced like presidential term limits and westward expansion.
Every book switches back and forth between present-day and the past. Students from Manchester Middle School join Rush Revere on his adventures, learning about America’s past while dealing with problems in their own lives. Photos, full color illustrations and historical documents bring the past alive and the website has tons of resources to turn these books into a full early American history course. Study guides for each book include chapter summaries and quizzes. The Activity Depot has fun games and activities, and Revere’s Library has additional information about places, people, and events in American history.
Regardless of what you personally think of the author, these books are well written in a fun and engaging style. I appreciate the research that was done in presenting our American history in a way that is accessible to any student, young or old.
These books are a great way for middle school kids to learn history and would also make great read-alouds with the whole family. Check out what other moms and their kids had to say about the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series by clicking the button below.